Because our clinical agencies require specific health information, all respiratory therapy majors are required to have a completed health examination submitted by August 15. This is the only health examination required during the program under ordinary circumstances. The University Student Health Center does not provide this service.
The Respiratory Therapy Program form must be used for the health examination and may be obtained from the school’s web site. The student is also required to submit a “Fit for Duty” form based off the program essential functions requirements signed by the physician/health care provider verifying that the student is both physically and mentally fit to provide safe care to patients.
Students are supplied with detailed instructions on how to submit the completed documents to the online service known as SentryMD where student health records will be confidentially maintained. Submitted materials are reviewed to verify that the student is eligible for participation in the clinical courses. Students are responsible for the annual cost of this service. No student will be allowed in a clinical agency without fulfilling this requirement.
The student may also send a copy of the completed health record to the University Health Center.
Health care workers, including students in health care clinical experiences, are at risk for contracting a variety of communicable diseases, and are also at risk for spreading communicable diseases to vulnerable populations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has specific recommendations for health care workers, in addition to the usual adult immunization recommendations, to better protect health care workers and the populations they serve.
The Respiratory Therapy Program within the School of Health Sciences requires its students to provide proof of certain immunizations and/or immunities prior to the start of the program to assist the School in facilitating clinical placements which are required for program completion. Most, if not all, clinical sites require proof of the immunizations and/or immunities required by the program prior to clinical placement.
Please be advised that failure to receive and provide proof of immunizations (and/or proof of immunity) required by clinical sites may impact a student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences that are required for program completion. Please also be advised that some clinical agencies may require immunizations in addition to those required by the program.
Students with any questions about communicable diseases or immunizations should contact Thomas Lamey, Director of Clinical Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students who had not finished the Hepatitis B series prior to entering the program, completion is required with verification submitted by August 15.
Annual influenza vaccination is required of all respiratory therapy students with submission of documentation to SentryMD. Students who are not in compliance with this requirement will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences.
Due to changing clinical site and agency regulations, Salisbury University students who accept admission to the respiratory therapy program are required to complete a drug screen testing and a background check to participate in clinical experiences. This testing is managed through the PreCheck system. Instructions for completion are provided by the Respiratory Therapy Program. The cost of testing is the responsibility of the student. Students who do not complete this requirement will be unable to remain in the program.
If a student is unable to receive a required immunization(s) because of a medical contraindication, they must sign a Salisbury University Respiratory Therapy Program Waiver Receipt of Required Immunization(s) form prior to each academic year for which they are not able to fulfill the requirement. The Waiver of Receipt of Required Immunizations must be signed by a licensed healthcare provider.